On Being Crafty

Thursday, August 10th, 2006
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Recently, I was thinking about this new “knitter” identity I’ve taken on for myself. I’ve been knitting for about 4 years now, but it’s only been the past year that I’ve really taken it seriously as something that was worth spending lots (and lots) of time with. I was thinking about how I’ve never been very crafty, and then suddenly I realized that I’ve been a cross-stitcher since before I can remember, and that I used to have one of those knitting looms that you use to make i-cord.

And then I remembered the hama beads I used to make little plastic ninja turtles, and that phase where I thought I could make my own clothes and never even bought a sewing machine, and the endless beading and necklace-making, and the friendship bracelets made with floss and as well as boon doggle and gimp. And then I remembered the beaded aboriginal bracelets I wove; miniature versions similar to pieces I saw a few months ago retailing for $600 each. And the pot holders I made with loops of polyester that certainly would have caught fire if I had ever actually used them. I even whittled branches and made bracelets out of grass at recess. How British-children’s-novel is that? My whole life has been seemingly devoted to crafting, and yet I never really thought about it until now.

I think it just seemed natural because my aunt is a cross-stitcher / weaver / quilter / spinner / everythinger. It was all a very individual thing as well, so I guess I didn’t ever label it “crafting” because I never happened to discuss it with anyone. Or maybe I never thought it was a very important or valuable or meritous thing to do. Whatever it was, I love having this new identity.

Even if it means spending $100 on Blue Sky Alpaca and Silk for a sweater. Gulp.

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3 Comments to “On Being Crafty”

  1. I didn’t think of myself as crafty because to me crafty=creative. And following a cross stitch pattern almost seemed like the opposite of creative. Now I can really see how creative all the crafty type things I do are.

    Comment by
    August 10, 2006 @ 7:17 pm
  2. I love this post! I have a lot of identities right now–wife, lawyer, writer, teacher, but none really feels as right as knitter and crafter does. It was (sounding totally hokey here, but true) like a spirtual thing when I realized that knitting truly is my art. Also the connection to crafty women I’m related to? Equally deep.

    Comment by wavybrains
    August 10, 2006 @ 8:34 pm
  3. You own the crafty title now girl! It’s yours, proclaim it to the world!

    Contrary to Vicki’s perception of crafty=creative, I always saw myself as crafty, but not creative. Creative to me meant serious art. But I’ve clamined my creative title and I’ve been proclaiming my ownership. So I identify. :-)

    Comment by LaurieM
    August 10, 2006 @ 8:35 pm

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